“ICONS & IDOLS”
Portrait Artists Australia presents an exhibition of works on the theme of fame and celebrity.
Venue: The ArtHouse Hotel, Sydney.
Exhibition Dates: 6-16th November 2006
Opening Night: 6.30-8.30 pm, Monday 6th November
Guest Speaker: John Mangos
ICONS & IDOLS subjects include: Barry Humphries, Bill Rankin, Phillip Cox, Ernie Dingo, John So, Jimmy Little, Graeme Bell, Lloyd McDermott, Smokey Dawson & Dot, Mike Tyler, Sir James Hardy, John Mangos and many more….
Exhibition Dates: 1st March – 27th April 2006:
Opening Night: Friday 10th March
Guest Speaker: The Honourable Roddy Meagher.
Venue: Buena Vista Bar & Bistro, 14th Floor of the Supreme Court, Queens Square Sydney.
(invitation image – portrait of Roddy Meagher by Constance Farquharson)
“Fur & Feathers: Friend Or Foe.”
September– October 2005: Annual Exhibition:
Opening Night: Monday 26th September.
Guest Speaker: Maria Venutti
Venue: The ArtHouse Hotel, 275 Pitt St. Sydney.
(Photo – L-R: artists Robyn Ross, Jiawei Shen, Nafisa Naomi, with Ambassador Ron Ramsey, Embassy Staff Lori Hogan)
15th May 2005. A Special Reception at the Australian Embassy in Washington: On the last afternoon of the Portrait Society of America’s Annual Conference, three hundred PSA Delegates were transported by coach from the conference centre to the Australian Embassy. Cultural Ambassador Ron Ramsey and the Cultural Projects Officer Lori Hogan welcomed the guests.
Guest Speakers: Mark Pachter, Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, and Ron Ramsey, Australian Cultural Ambassador.
Exhibition Catalogue: Sally Robinson.
10 of the 30 Exhibiting PAA artists flew to Washington for the 2005 Macquarie International PAA exhibition: Jaiwei Shen; Constance Farquharson; Robyn Ross; Nafisa Naomi; Janis Lander; Julie Ballis; Li Bao Hua; Paul Newton; Yoli Salmona; Evert Ploeg.
On the last afternoon of the Portrait Society of America’s Annual Conference, three hundred PSA Delegates were transported by coach from the conference centre at Reston Virginia, to the Australian Embassy in Washington for the function, and to view works by their Australian counterparts.
The Australian artists had attended the 3-day PSA Convention, including lectures and demonstrations, as well as a gala dinner. Both Nafisa Naomi and Paul Newton had won awards in the International section of the PSA annual exhibitions, which stimulated interest in the emerging PAA group.
The PAA function at the Australian Embassy gave the American portrait artists an opportunity to view a different approach to the genre.
April-May 2005: The Macquarie International Portrait Artists Australia Exhibition at the Embassy of Australia, Washington D.C.
The Official Opening: Anzac Day April 21st 2005
Speaker: Ron Ramsey, Cultural Ambassador
The exhibition of 30 works became the focal point of the commemorative functions held during April, drawing praise for the high standard of the works and the variety of stylistic approaches. The 130 guests present at each of the Embassy black-tie dinners were delighted to be surrounded by the beautiful art, and many came back for a second visit with their friends.
A Special Reception, 15th May 2005
Although the artists were not present for the official Anzac Opening in Washington D.C. 12 artists flew over to the US and joined the Ambassador Ron Ramsay at the Australian Embassy on the 15th May for the Special Reception, held in honour of the Australian artists, along with 300 delegates from the American Portrait Society Convention, held that week in Reston Virginia.